Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 12AM Thu 2 February 2006

On 28th January 1986, the American nation was plunged into mourning when the space shuttle Challenger exploded in the skies over Florida, killing all seven crew. But Challenger and her crew were doomed before they left the launch pad. This is the story of how, despite every warning, that tragedy came to pass.

Using dramatic reconstructions based on factual information and the moving stories of those who were there, this film follows the fortunes of Challenger's crew in the year leading up to their deaths, and the increasingly desperate attempts of two engineers to stop the launch.

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Seconds into its tenth mission, the space shuttle Challenger exploded in the skies over Florida, killing all seven crew members. This is the story of how, despite every warning, that tragedy came to pass.